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Indian Team Management Question Bio-Bubble Protocols

The strict bio-bubble precautions in place for the World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl stadium in Southampton have been questioned by the Indian team management.

Golf Outing At The Stadium

Six members of the New Zealand squad, who, like India, are staying at the stadium’s on-site hotel, went on a golf outing while the Indian players and their families remained on their hotel floors.

Planning To File A Complaint

The Indian team management planned to file a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) over what the Indian team perceived to be a breach of bio-bubble protocols.

“The players and families have all been formally told not to move out of their respective floors inside the hotel unless it is for visiting the ground. Now, this morning we came to know six Kiwis playing in the golf course,”

ICC Confirmed That The Bubble Is Not Been Breached

The ICC, on the other hand, claims that the bubble has not been breached, and that now that the Indian team has completed its legally mandated quarantine time, during which they were allowed to train, they can move more freely throughout the bio-secure bubble, including golfing.

Furthermore, in England, players from Green List countries (e.g., New Zealand) are exempt from quarantine, whereas India is on the red list, requiring a 10-day stay.

India’s 15-member squad for the WTC Final:

  • Rohit Sharma,
  • Shubman Gill,
  • Cheteshwar Pujara,
  • Virat Kohli,
  • Ajinkya Rahane,
  • Rishabh Pant,
  • Ravindra Jadeja,
  • R Ashwin,
  • Mohammed Shami,
  • Jasprit Bumrah,
  • Ishant Sharma,
  • Mohammad Siraj,
  • Hanuma Vihari,
  • Wriddhiman Saha,
  • Umesh Yadav

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